California reaches new solar energy recordMarch 17, 2014
State reaches new record with its solar energy production in March
The California Independent System Operator has announced that the state has reached a new record in terms of solar energy production. The state has been a longstanding supporter of solar power and has been working to make renewable energy a priority for several years. California is currently considered a leading market for solar power due to the aggressive support it has shown for the solar sector. As the state’s installed solar capacity continues to increase, it will likely continue to break power production records.
State passes the 4 GW energy production mark on March 8 this year
According to the California Independent System Operator, the state produced 3,926 megawatts of electrical power through solar resources on March 7. On March 8, this record was broken when the state produced 4,093 megawatts of electrical power. This new record is nearly double what was reached in June 2013. The state currently boasts of a total installed solar capacity of 5.2 gigawatts.
New solar power systems are coming online throughout California
The new record was reached thanks to new solar energy systems coming online throughout the state. Many of these new power systems are part of deals that California has made with energy developers. These developers are bringing new projects to the state at a rapid pace in order to take advantage of California’s renewable energy policies. The state offers financial aid for promising projects and some of these projects can also receive support from the federal Department of Energy.
California expected to remain a leader in the US solar market for years to come
Apart from California, New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Georgia are becoming very attractive markets for solar power. In 2013, the U.S. solar market grew by 41%, reaching a new record. More than half of new solar capacity in the U.S. was installed in California alone. The state is expected to maintain its position as a leader in the solar market well into the future, even as other states become more interested in this form of renewable energy.